Postdoctoral fellow on extracellular vesicles in neurobiology

Birmingham, Alabama
Salary commensurate with experience
Apr 11, 2021
Jun 10, 2021
Position Type
Full Time

A postdoctoral research fellow is available in the laboratory of Dr. Shinichi Kano at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. The laboratory investigates neuroimmune mechanisms related to psychiatry disorders and ultimately aims to discover new biological concepts that can be harnessed to develop therapeutic strategies for psychiatry and neurological disorders.

This fellow will work on the biology of immune-related extracellular vesicles in the context of brain function and behavior using rodent models and human patient samples. The successful candidate is expected to be strong in communication and analytical skills, self-motivated and success-driven, and able to work as a team member and an independent scholar. The candidate needs to be within two years of their Ph.D. or equivalent degree and show a record of scientific productivity (e.g., a first author publication or manuscript).

The candidate will be exposed to the following skills to conduct their projects. Expertise in at least one of these skills will be preferred:
-- EV biology (e.g., EV collection, characterization, quantification, molecular profiling)

-- Biostatistics and/or basic machine learning skills (e.g., supervised and unsupervised learning)

-- Bioinformatics skills (e.g., RNA-seq analysis)

-- Behavioral biology (e.g., social interaction, memory task)

-- Neurobiology (e.g., immunohistochemistry, stereotactic surgery, calcium imaging, electrophysiology)

-- Immunology (e.g., flow cytometry)

All Kano lab members are expected to learn new research skills and achieve their scientific and career goals in close communication with the PI. The position will be initially available for one year, with yearly renewal, based on the performance and funding availability. The successful candidates are encouraged to apply for independent fellowships for her/his future career development.

Interested candidates should submit a CV, a brief summary (1-2 pages) of research interests and career goals, list of publications, and contact information of at least two references to Shinichi Kano, M.D., Ph.D. (

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UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. The Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) at UAB provides mentoring and career guidance. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB. The NCI-designated UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the nation's leading cancer research and treatment centers. There is access to several outstanding interdisciplinary programs and core facilities. The Birmingham area provides a metropolitan lifestyle, excellent schools, comfortable climate, and low cost of living.

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UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 300 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines, including dentistry, engineering, health professions, medicine, natural sciences and mathematics, public health, optometry, and social and behavioral sciences. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards. The OPE strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They may also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.